Supposedly “vegetative” man responds to Hitchcock Thriller

  By Dave Andrusko For those follow NRL News Today, the name Adrian Owen will probably ring a bell. He has done some of the most spectacular work, demonstrating that some patients supposedly in a “persistent vegetative state’ (PVS) are actually aware. We last talked about this in December. Scott Routley had been diagnosed to …

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Stop Dehydrating the “Unconscious!”

By Wesley J. Smith Scientists continue to communicate with people thought to be oblivious and without awareness. From the BBC story: “A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, has been able to tell scientists that he is not in any pain. It’s the first …

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Communicating with the “Unreachable”–the severely cognitively injured

By Dave Andrusko National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias today offers insight into the late bioethicist Ronald Cranford who argued that people with severe cognitive disabilities ought to be “allowed” to die. (See “The Minimally Conscious State.”) At the other end of the spectrum Nature magazine’s David Cyranoski offered an …

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